I had the blessing of growing up in a household that loved Jesus and I spent my childhood learning about God and Jesus and very involved in the local church. While I gave my live to Christ at a young age I would say it wasn’t until my early 20’s that the gospel took root in my heart. I began to see God’s unending, awesome, and selfless love for a selfish and undeserved sinner and my heart became alive to the good news of Jesus in a life changing way!
By God’s providence one of my roommates at Moody Bible Institute was Luke Macdonald. Luke is the son of Pastor James Macdonald, the founder of Harvest Bible Chapel in the Chicago land area, and Luke and I quickly became close friends. It was through that relationship that I got plugged into Harvest and fell in love with the ministry model and what Harvest stands for at a church. After graduation from 2008-2010 I was a Youth Pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel Orlando, and in 2010 moved back to Spring Lake to be a part of the planting team here!
As Lead Pastor I have 2 primary responsibilities: The first is that I share the preaching and teaching responsibilities, which leads to me preaching 20-25 weekends a year. Secondly, I manage the staff and give vision, leadership, and direction to the overall ministry of HBCSL. I absolutely adore the team I get to work with and it is new and different and fun everyday!
There is nothing in the world that is more important, fresh, and relevant than God’s Word and the good news of Jesus Christ and I have a burning passion to see lives transformed by the power of the gospel. I believe God has gifted me and is growing my giftedness in communicating His word which is a joy for me to be able to do here, and I also believe he has gifted me in discernment and wisdom and being able to come alongside our staff and leaders and keep the church moving in a vertical direction.
One of the founding pastors, June, 2010
Bachelors in Biblical Studies – Moody Bible Institute, Masters in Missional Leadership, Resurgence Training Center
Youth Pastor at HBC Orlando, Baker at Great Harvest Bread Company, Golf Cart Attendant at Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club
Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Mary Wisen, she is my best friend, biggest encouragement, and the love of my life!
Norah Grace (5), Ashley Hope (5), Beau Calvin (2), Judah David (1)
I am a huge fan of all things Chicago sports (minus the cubs). Anything competitive I am game for (golf, tennis, racquetball, soccer, ping pong, basketball, pickleball, ect.) I also really love walking with Mary, movies, video games, and spending time with friends and family!